Jones appreciates United fans' support
Manchester United defender Phil Jones has thanked Manchester United fans for the support they showed him during his long injury lay-off and has resolved to continue giving his all for the club.
Jones returned to first-team action earlier this week after almost two years out and was widely regarded as our best outfield performer in an otherwise disappointing display, as we lost 1-0 to Wolves in our first game of 2022.
Our no.4 was applauded off the field by the Stretford End at the final whistle and he looked visibly emotional going down the tunnel, as he patted the United crest on his shirt.
That gesture echoes what Phil said to club media earlier this season, regarding his positive relationship with the supporters, who will always appreciate graft and commitment when they see it.
“It’s difficult when a player’s out for so long, for whatever reason,” Jones said in an episode of TeamViewer Diaries.
“All I would say is that any time I represent this club and put the shirt on, I give absolutely everything. I put my blood, sweat and tears into everything I do for this club.
“I appreciate all the support they [the fans] give me. I’m forever grateful for that. It’s a wonderful, wonderful club to be at and I am grateful.”
With Harry Maguire and Eric Bailly injured and Victor Lindelof absent having tested positive for COVID-19, Jones was selected by interim manager Ralf Rangnick for his first United appearance for 707 days.
A nasty knee injury and a long recovery from surgery have been largely to blame for Phil’s prolonged absence, but his recall was just rewards for hard work in training and, after a couple of outings with Neil Wood’s Under-23s, he’s happy to be able to contribute at the top level once more.
“You know, I spent so long out, off the pitch and out of the squad,” he continued.
“It’s been horrible at times but it’s nice to be back out with the lads.
“I feel like a footballer again and [to] feel the ball at your feet and the rain and the grass, it’s just a great feeling.”